The name, Iziko Lokubasela, means ‘the place where you make fire’ and, with the optional African mask, is a reminder of the fireplaces’ ethnic origins.
Each piece is hand made and decorated by African craftsmen. The ceramic is press moulded then hand sculptured. Certain models are decorated with ethnic markings then each Iziko is kiln fired to 1200°C and allowed to cool naturally. This process, combined with the unique properties of the specially formulated ceramic ensures against cracking during use.
Watch a video of the woodburning stove being made here
When the Iziko has cooled, it is hand painted with coloured glaze, rapidly heated to 1100°C then plunged into wood shavings. When it has cooled to around 750°C it is doused with water withstanding thermal shock far greater than incurred in day to day use. This technique gives each Iziko its uniquely individual aesthetics and characteristics.
The Iziko burns wood extremely efficiently, giving off a marvellous heat that radiatesinto the room even when the fire has died down and reducing logs to a very fine ash, which minimises cleaning.
The Nominal Heat Output of the Iziko is 8.5KW but this does depend on the type and quantity of wood used.
The Iziko has been tested and approved to BS EN 13229:2001 + A1:2003 + A2:2004.
Whether in a traditional inglenook or a highly contemporary lounge, the Iziko turns a fireplace into a real feature.
- Handmade African wood burning fireplaces
- Made from a unique ceramic that will not crack, rust, smoke or smell
- Superb performance, burning logs efficiently
- Three design options; African Earth, White Crackle and Deep Red
- Optional African Mask design, symbolising unity
- Complemented by handmade wrought iron stand
- Minimal cleaning required, only after around 20 fires
- Easily installed using standard flue pipes (relevant building regulations must be adhered to)